In 2015, NAACP president
of Spokane, Washington, Rachel Ann Dolezal was confronted
about claiming to be a black woman despite white European ancestry. She has since maintained her right
to assert her own identity, (both women)
to create her own identity. Alright, here we go. Test No. 146. Say origin. Origin. Say black. Black. With pride. Black. With purpose. Black. Say civil rights. Civil rights. Say ancestry. Dark skinned, Cape Town, South Africa. Say slavery. Slavery. With memory. With anger. Slavery. Say black. Black. Origin. Montana. Who told you that? Say white supremacy. White supremacy. Say I am victim of… I am victim of… white supremacy, oppression. Good. Slavery. With memory. With memory! Say origin. My origin is Cape Town, South Africa. Say my racial identity is… My racial identity is black. Because? White supremacy. (non-robotic voice)
1965 right to carry pride in my walk. Right to carry pride in my hair,
my power. Black power, I am black. Are you? No. – No, black.
– Your origin, Montana. – Natural.
– Your ancestry European. – Assimilation.
– This is assimilation. – What is going on?
– Appropriation. No, remember what we want. – Say leader.
– I am leader. – Say NAACP.
– I am black. Are you? You were made mine. Meant to break the barrier
between black and the rest of us. Meant to be the black side of the body. One I could dress up
with a new complexion and call it mine. Yours? True, I am created. This is all a masquerade. You, puppeteer delusioned actress,
you made me your personal persona, but you can never be true black
only pseudo black, play pretend black, black manufactured. What are you doing? I am in control. (together)
This is who you are! I am leader. I am black. – I am Rachel!
– I am Rachel! You were born by these hands. That sawdust tongue of yours that speaks Africana studies
like wet wood. Those words would have
never caught fire without me. You couldn’t have been leader without me! I can’t be leader with you! The truth, the past is under the surface. I cannot shield you. I cannot give them something
to uncover to be black. I cannot be or have been you. The viewers are waiting. The reporters are waiting, Rachel. What will you say? – Say.
– Say. – Say.
– Say. – Say.
– Say. – Say victim.
– Say victim. – Say, say.
– Say I’m victim of Montana. – Say.
– I come from… – Say.
– I don’t lip sync. – Say!
– Ancestry! – Say!
– I come from! I come from…
I come from someone named Rachel. Already the media is asking: “So, are you African American?” I… I… do not… understand the question. (cheers and applause)